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For more than 300 years, contracts for the sale or lease of land in Ontario have required ink and paper. Beginning July 1, 2015, electronic signatures can now be accepted on digital real estate agreements, deeds and mortgages in Ontario.

This is big news for a thriving real estate market in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), where the average price of a detached home just rose over $1.052 million Canadian dollars. However, before you begin emailing contracts, take note from Toronto real estate lawyer Bob Aaron, via thestar.com:

Even though electronic signatures will now be legal in the real estate context, those signatures are only effective if it can be proved that the signatures are reliable for the purpose of identifying the person signing, and the attachment of a signature to the electronic document is also reliable.

Since the law does not define how to determine whether a signature is reliable, it is up to individual real estate agents and lawyers using electronic signatures to satisfy themselves that the legal requirements have been met.

I expect that the use of electronic signature platforms like DocuSign (docusign.com) will become popular among real estate agents and lawyers anxious to jump on the electronic bandwagon.

Constellation has partnered with DocuSign to offer integration between the world’s leading provider in electronic signature management and our new home sales software. Builders using our flagship NEWSTAR Enterprise homebuilder management software along with NEWSTAR Sales save valuable time and organization headaches, and rest assured that their sales contracts are saved securely.

To see NEWSTAR and DocuSign, please request a demonstration. Note that we are also working to integrate DocuSign with our other sales software for homebuilders.

Announcement from the Ontario Real Estate Association.

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Congratulations to Reid’s Heritage Homes, Ontario Home Builder of the Year! Reid’s has been a customer of NEWSTAR and Constellation since 1997!

Presented annually by the Ontario Home Builders Association, the award goes to the new-home-building company that demonstrates the highest levels of performance, creativity and ingenuity based on judging criteria in the areas of sales and marketing excellence, floor plan design, community service, support of the industry and its ability to adapt to changing needs. Reid’s edged out Tridel and defending champ Minto, both of whom were finalists for the prestigious honour.

Reid's Heritage Homes - Ontario Home Builder of the Year 2013

Based in Puslinch Township near Guelph, Reid’s constructed the first LEED (and LEED Platinum) home in Canada, as well as the first Built Green home in Ontario. Over the next five years, the company will be among five selected home builders participating in a national Net-Zero Energy home building project with National Resources Canada and Owens Corning.

Congratulations again to Reid’s Heritage Homes!

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NEWSTAR users from Ontario and beyond joined Constellation’s experts for a full day of networking and learning at the Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City on Wednesday, June 13. Constellation was thrilled to host 75 attendees from over 30 organizations, at an event geared towards helping current customers to maximize the software they already have – and to provide sneak peeks at the NEWSTAR enhancements that will be rolling out in the months to come.

Constellation is always listening for customer feedback, providing service, support, and opportunities to learn through a range of channels, culminating in regional summits. A number of speakers provided insights, including NEWSTAR experts and vendors highlighting software that integrates directly and seamlessly with NEWSTAR.

Blayne Parrish of Center6 demoed InformXL; helping to ensure that NEWSTAR users are using the tool to its full potential, generating reports from their NEWSTAR system in real time. John Linney of Tarion discussed MyHome, a digital platform that allows new home buyers to ensure their warranties are being upheld to legal standard. And Chang Su impressed wide-eyed builders with customizable user-controlled 3D walkthroughs of new homes. Center6’s InformXL is currently offered in NEWSTAR, with version 2.0 on the way; Tarion’s MyHome will be a big part of the next release of NEWSTAR; and Constellation is currently testing Your Home 3D with NEWSTAR.

Customers eagerly networked, discovering new ways to utilize their NEWSTAR solution that they may not have considered – furthering the NEWSTAR community through shared information and ideas. Constellation’s development team was all ears, listening for where their attention should be placed next.

Constellation’s next NEWSTAR Regional Customer Summits will be taking place in Baltimore, MD and Dallas, TX this coming fall – details to follow.  Also, customer feedback from the Summit suggested a high level of interest in a North America-wide multi-day customer summit. If you would be interested in a larger-scale summit, please contact Cathy Kotsopoulos.

NEWSTAR is a comprehensive suite of integrated software modules for homebuilders, all designed to help you increase sales, and enable you to earn more on each home with more satisfied customers.

NEWSTAR customers can access slides from the day’s keynote speakers by following this link and logging into the Client Care Center. Constellation is always available to customers through the Client Care Center, and group discussions are welcome through the private NEWSTAR LinkedIn community and the public forum of Twitter.

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